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Amid US-Mexico tension, defense chief aims to be calm voice
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is stepping into politically fraught U.S. relations during a visit to Mexico, seeking to add a calming voice on defense ties
Everything you need to know about Chelsea Manning
Chelsea Manning , the Army private and intelligence analyst whose release of classified information to WikiLeaks sparked worldwide controversy over transparency in the military and whistleblower protections, will be released from prison on Wednesday. The majority of her 35-year prison sentence was
Donald Trump National Security Adviser Mike Flynn Has Called Islam 'a Cancer'
The man whom President-elect Donald Trump picked as his national security adviser has said he doesn’t believe that all cultures are “morally equivalent” and once described Islam as "a cancer," comments that have many in the Muslim community worried about what his new job might mean for them.
Senator Says Pentagon 'Declaring Victory' as It Distorts Sexual Assault Numbers
When the Pentagon released a new report last Friday detailing what one top official described as “meaningful progress” in combatting the military’s sexual assault epidemic, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was preparing to release a report of her own. It might as well have been titled, “Not So Fast.” In a
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES IT’S BEEN A BAD WEEK FOR OREGON GOV. JOHN KITZHABER, who is facing calls for resignation from top state Democrats, editorial pages and petition writers, in light of a conflict-of-interest scandal involving plum jobs his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, got ...
Defense Secretary Ash Carter Confirmed
The Senate today confirmed Ash Carter as the next Secretary of Defense with a vote of 93 to 5. Carter, who was nominated to the post in December, will replace Chuck Hagel and will be President Obama's fourth defense secretary in six years. He's a veteran Pentagon official who recently served as
Your AUMF Cheat Sheet
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES PRESIDENT OBAMA PREDICTS: ‘ISIL IS GOING TO LOSE’: President Obama formally unveiled his request for legal authorization to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria yesterday, declaring that the ongoing military campaign will succeed in destroying the extremist ...
President Obama Requests War Powers for Global Fight Against ISIS
President Obama formally unveiled his request for legal authorization to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, declaring that the ongoing military campaign will succeed in destroying the extremist group. "Make no mistake this is a difficult mission and it will remain difficult for some time," Obama said in
Schock And Awe
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES CONGRESSMAN AARON SCHOCK ON HIS ALLEGED ‘DOWNTON ABBEY’ OFFICE: ‘HATERS ARE GONNA HATE.’ He insists he’s not trying to be Lord Grantham, but Rep. Aaron Schock’s office bears a striking resemblance to the decor featured in the popular PBS British...
Defense Secretary Nominee Supports Arming Ukrainian Military
Ashton Carter, the nominee to be the next Defense Secretary, said at his Senate confirmation hearing today that he is inclined to providing lethal arms to Ukraine ’s beleaguered military. He also told the committee that the important thing after defeating ISIS is to maintain a “lasting defeat” so